ATLANTA GA July 11 2018 – For the second time this summer, the world’s busiest airport must deal with a security breach where an unauthorized man was able to walk near a runway.
FOX 5’s Morse Diggs has confirmed that the most recent incident took place early Tuesday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Atlanta Police confirmed the arrest of 22-year-old Edonis Andrews at about 2 a.m. Tuesday. Officers arrested Andrews walking on an internal roadway used by airport workers near a runway.
In a statement to FOX 5, Atlanta Police Public Affairs Director Carlos Campos said, “Despite the fact that an individual made his way past the perimeter fence, our multi-layered security approach and response worked exactly the way it’s supposed to and immediately mitigated any threat. Officers arrived on the scene within three minutes of getting the call and apprehended the suspect without incident.”
The arrest of Andrews follows another incident in June when police arrested another man who gained access to a runway climbed onto the wing of a jet and dropped his pants in front of startled passengers.
In his statement, Campos said, “Since the breach in June, we have been reviewing perimeter security. We will be making strong recommendations very soon to further fortify the fencing around the airport.”
Officers said Andrews smelled of alcohol when they arrested him.
Police took Andrews to the Clayton County Jail on charges of criminal trespass.
FOX 5 has learned that Andrews has a prior criminal record including an earlier trespassing arrest in Fulton County.
In his statement, Campos also said, “Security at the world’s busiest airport is of the utmost importance. There is no higher priority than making sure our passengers, employees, and contractors at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are safe.”